2014 September Issue Covers Part 1

For many magazines this year, a celebrity or top model was not good enough for their September issue cover. It was all about quantity, not quality (or in some rare cases, both.) There were a lot of multiple covers, where the magazine probably couldn’t secure the celebrity they wanted (or were unsure of their choice and wanted to appease everyone), so they shot several stars and had lots of different covers. This is a total cop out to me. A magazine should have the guts to make a statement that they are proud of – and make ONE COVER. The other trend was models, in large quantities. In some cases (Vogue Italia), this was about shooting a truly fabulous magazine cover. In other cases (Vogue US) it seemed like they wanted to appease everyone (and as a result, appease hardly anyone – at least that is how I feel.) Anyway, here is part 1 of my loves and loathes of the September issue covers. Part 2 will follow later this week.

I love…

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Vogue Italia. 50 models to celebrate their 50 year anniversary – this is amazing. See below for the full image.

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the full Vogue Italia cover.

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Vogue Japan’s equally beautiful supermodel cover, with Claudia, Nadja, Stephanie, Linda, and Naomi.

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Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, and Karlie Kloss on the cover of Vogue US. It’s not nearly as amazing as the last two, and it kind of feels sad (with the “Instagirls” headline) but this is SO much better than an overly photoshopped celeb.

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Julia Roberts on the cover of InStyle. She looks plastic but we all love her and she is smiling.

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Kiera Knightley on the ocver of Interview. Ok, this is a totally lame celebrity and a totalyl lame attempt at appeasing everyone by having multiple covers with different celebs, but I love the fact that she looks interesting. This is brave, and that’s good.

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Dakota Fanning on the cover of Lucky. Let’s just put a nice looking actress on the cover of a magazine, smiling, looking natural, and wearing a flattering dress. Works for me.

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Adriana Lima on the cover of Vogue Brasil. Shiny, multicoloured plastic works well for this country’s Vogue.

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Kirsten Stewart on the cover of Elle. I had this in my loathe pile but then I realized she looks pretty good. Who cares that she is the celebrity most undeservedly overused in fashion campaigns and on fashion covers? At least she doesn’t look utterly miserable.

I loathe…

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Natalia Vodianova on the cover of Vogue Paris. The hair, the makeup, and the fact that she is unzipping a leather swimsuit do not make for a very flattering shot.

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Lara Stone on the cover of Dutch Vogue. Makeup fail! It is so hard to make her look bad yet they have succeeded.

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Aubrey Plaza on the cover of Nylon. This must be a mistake. The hair… The pose… The facial expression… This MUST be a mistake.

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Jessica Alba on the cover of Marie Claire. She looks a little too happy for my liking, and the pose is kinda silly…

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Lady Gaga on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Aren’t we over her yet?

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Freja Beha Erichsen on the cover of Vogue Australia. A crappy photo of a model that really hasn’t done anything cool lately.

  • R.S

    I liked how the vogue Nippon cover also folded out to reveal 10 other models of subsequent “generations” and the accompanying editorial was really, really on-point. One of the best styled shoots I’ve seen in a long time.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I didn’t know they did that! Sounds beautiful, will look it up.

  • Simon Ward

    From a graphic design perspective, obscuring half the magazine’s title with (in this case) a model’s head began irritating me 10 years ago. It irritates me still. It was fun once, not anymore. In the case of the mag with Kirsten Stewart on, I’d not have known it was Elle unless you’d told me. Putting a space between one L and the next L just to stuff it with Kirsten’s head is atrocious design work, IMHO 😀

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Good point. I recognized it immediately because I know the “E” so well but someone less familiar with the magazine’s logo might not.

  • BBFS

    Agreed that Vogue Italia is an awesome cover. I love how they seamlessly blended models from several different generations and eras vs. the usual age range issues. Plus it’s beautiful. Interview has an interesting cover but I think Keira Knightley resembles a ghost from an Asian horror film.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Yes, but a ghost from an Asian horror film is more interesting than an overly photoshopped celebrity, right? 😉

  • BBFS

    Vogue Japan could have softened up the hair/ makeup on Linda Evangelista/ Stephanie Seymour. I think the harsh eyeliner and bangs age the models. I see more than one example on these covers of overusage of under eye lining. Am I the only one who thinks it can be terribly unflattering and add years on the model?

  • BBFS

    Yes and I am so sick of Kate Moss. Or actresses like Sienna Miller/ Blake Lively who do more modelling than acting.

  • BBFS

    I am starting to think Cara Delavigne is the new Kate Moss for when Kate Moss finally takes a vacation.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Kate Moss will most likely never take a vacation.

  • BBFS

    Last comment. This September issue post was a lot of fun to read. I am glad you gave it two posts and hope to see the theme repeated next year.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    I usually always do two posts on the September issues – so yes – I’ll be back next year! 😉

  • Mimi

    Is it just me or was Adriana’s cover really hard to look at. Gorgeous image. But the text against the colourful backdrop was hard to focus on.

  • Mimi

    I love, love, love Vogue Italia’s September cover. The soft focus was used to great effect on such iconic faces.

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Yes, I can’t imagine how many shots it took to get one where everyone looked ok! Or there was probably a lot of cut and pasting.